This week’s batch of new collectibles go from out of-this-world to the deep south, back in time to the ’60s and beyond. Hasbro’s Comic-Con International exclusives, Funko’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” Mystery Minis and the latest Titan Doctor Who minis all feature characters known for traversing space (and even time), while the gang from “True Blood” gets a wave of Pop Vinyl figures from Funko. There’s even some Julie Newmar Catwoman love from Sideshow and Tweeterhead, plus much more!
HASBRO SDCC EXCLUSIVES | The opening salvos of San Diego Comic-Con exclusive announcements have been going off the past few weeks and now Hasbro is getting in on the action. The company went to USA Today to show off a pair of Marvel box sets. The Marvel Legends “Thanos Imperative” set features 6-inch versions of Black Bolt, Medusa, Gladiator, Blastaar and Star-Lord, while the 3 3/4-inch “Infinity Gauntlet” one includes Nebula, Starfox, Mistress Death, Thanos and a life-size Infinity Gauntlet for you to wield!
DC COLLECTIBLES | Last week DC Collectibles unveiled new figures from their cartoon-based Batman line, but they weren’t ready to stop there. In addition to showing off the Man-Bat figure from that same line, they also debuted their upcoming New 52 Hawkman, Stargirl and Cyborg figures. Meanwhile, “iZombie” and Poison Ivy pieces also got a chance to shine.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY | Marvel.com scored the first look at Funko’s June-shipping “Guardians of the Galaxy” Mystery Mini Bobbleheads. The line-up, based on the highly-anticipated film, includes Groot and Gamora as well as two different takes on Ronan, Star-Lord and Rocket Racoon, plus glow-in-the-dark Dark Drax and Dark Nebula variants.
GENTLE GIANT | With their most recent batch of solicits, Gentle Giant showed off a variety of collectibles featuring Man-Thing, Star Wars characters, the star of “300: Rise of an Empire” and their in-house Honey Trap statue line. The 19.75-inch statue based on Mike Ploog’s artwork makes this one Giant Sized Man-Thing. Meanwhile, the Biker Scout joins the Star Wars Jumbo figures line while an Endor Trooper makes his way to the line of mini-musts. Gentle Giant also unveiled their Themistocles statue, which stands 20 inches tall, as well as Lucky, the gun-toting member of the Honey Trap gang. Everything here drops early next year.
BATMAN ’66 | Much like James Bond, everyone has their favorite woman to wear the Catwoman suit. Julie Newmar fans will be glad to know that Sideshow Collectibles and Tweeterhead are in their corner with this new 11.5-inch tall maquette diorama. The August-shipping piece comes complete with giant cat for the lithe burglar to lean against and a recently stolen diamond.
GREEN ARROW | Olliver Queen will join the rest of the Justice Leaguers in Kotobukiya’s line of DC Comics New 52 ARTFX+ statues. The 7.5-inch Emerald Archer stands ready to pull an arrow from his quiver which will surely help out his pals in a fight.
DOCTOR WHO | The Doctor Who Merchandise Guide showed off designs for the next batch of blind box minifigures from Titan. The 20-figure set will include all 12 Doctors as they looked in their first appearance as well as River Song and several variants including Black and White 1st Doctor, the 9th Doctor in his War Doctor duds, Meta Crisis 10th Doctor and the 12th Doctor in the 11th Doctor’s costume sans bow tie.
TRUE BLOOD | HBO’s “True Blood” kicks off its seventh and final season June 22 on HBO, so now seems as a good a time as any to get collectibles in the hands of fans. Funko will start delivering just that in July with their first line of Pop Vinyl figures based on the series. The line-up includes Sookie Stackhouse, Eric Northman, Alcide Herveaux, Lafayette Reynolds, Pam Swynford De Beaufort and Bill Compton.
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MARVEL MINIMATES | Diamond Select Toys has big plans for an “Infinity”-based Marvel MiniMates 4-pack, but they need your help to figure out who makes the cut. To have your voice heard, head over to their site and pick four of the following six to make the cut: Space Suit Captain America, Armored Hulk, Space Armor Iron Man, Ronan the Accuser, Thanos and Thane, Son of Thanos. The top four vote-getters will find their way exclusively to Toys”R”Us stores this fall.
DEATHSTROKE | Deathstroke may not have fared so well in the second season finale of “Arrow,” but it’s still a good time for the one-eyed villain to take advantage of his recent time in the spotlight. It makes sense that he’s getting not one, but two exclusive Funko Pop Vinyls from Previews featuring regular and metallic finishes. Note that these figures are each based on the character’s appearance in the New 52 comics and can be ordered through online retailers or you local comic shop.
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